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D.O.G.S. Second Round at Modern Golf & Country Club

Hail the D.O.G.S.!!!!!

The flooding that kept some people away last week subsided and the big numbers for 2021 continue with 53 players turning up for our weekly game. The course did a great job getting us off holes 1 and 10 on time.

The skies were clear but someone turned the heat up making for a hot day on the course. Pace of play was a bit slower than we would like but everyone was able to finish long before dark and enjoy the rest of the afternoon sitting in the outdoor area of the restaurant.

Welcome to Darles Agustini, coming all the way from Abu Dhabi, Thomas Praming and Jude Alexander who enjoyed their first D.O.G.S. round. Welcome back to Max Sollfrank, Sebastian Braun and Cucu Chandra who played their first round of 2021.

We're not sure what to make of Tim Knight's outfit; does he live alone and not have someone to check what he's wearing before he leaves his apartment or did he just throw up all over himself on the way to the course?

Remember to be careful looking for your ball in the rough; this guy was found at Pondok Indah Golf Course.

Everyone seemed to be in a good mood prior to teeing off and this continued on the course as evidenced by all the dancing going on.

After a hot day of play everyone was happy to sit down and enjoy some cool beverages outside on the patio.

Before handing out the prizes for this week we awarded last week's winners their prizes. Here is Guarav Shirke happily collecting his Little Dog for Round 1 Weekly Champion.

James Bristow had a good day winning a Nearest to Pin, Drive & Pitch and Weekly Champion. Well done James. Try to look a little more excited this coming week.

Congratulations to this week's winners!

One last bit of business was taken care of during the evening when JAWS JIL Captain Garuave Shirke and D.O.G.S. JIL Captain Gary Danskin entered into a bet concerning JIL final standings, the details of which are a little unclear but apparently the loser will have to play naked at one of the winner's events. Not sure that is something the rest of us want to see!

Full Lowest Gross and Eclectic standings can be viewed on our Leaderboard page.

Time moves quickly, we are already heading into week 3. Don't miss out on joining us here, grab a friend and sign up to play.

  • Where: Modern Golf & Country Club

  • When: Saturday, March 6, 2021

  • Tee Off: 12:00

  • Green Fee + Golf Cart: 875.000 IDR/person

As always; we request players are at the course 1 hour early.

To register:

If you are going to be late or decide not to play, let us know so appropriate arrangements can be made.

See you at the course,




Courtesy of fellow Dogs, Rudie Basson and Jens Roestel- R&A First Grade Umpires.

The Rules and what it means when we play.

Here are some scenarios the Rules Guys were asked about. These answers will also be posted on our Ask our Rules Guys page.

What to do if you and your partner arrive at your balls only to find them side by side anywhere on the course?

Do not start shouting at your partner ;-). The Players ball that is nearest to the hole is interfering with the play of his Partners ball. (See Rule 15.3b).

Note, your partner can also claim interference from your ball if it is close enough to distract him in making a stroke. Therefore, if your partner reasonably believes your ball may interfere with his play, he can require you to mark the spot and lift the ball.

Be aware, you cannot clean the ball in this situation. Do not put the ball in your pocket as it could be construed as cleaning. That is why you will often see players holding their ball as if it is diseased.

If you clean it or fail to mark the spot before lifting the ball, it is a penalty stroke.

If your marker is still interfering, you can move that out of the way.

After your partner has played his shot you must replace your ball on its original spot. However, there may be a problem if your partner in playing his shot has obliterated the area where your ball was.

Rule 14.2d (2) allows you then to place the ball on the nearest spot with a lie most similar to the original lie. This must be within one club length, not nearer the hole and in the same area of the course as that spot.

However, in sand and in bunkers you do not have this option. Your partner can rake the bunker from where he played his ball as well as the stance area.

You have no choice but to replace your ball in its original position. The original lie must not be improved, if your ball was buried or half buried it must be replaced exactly as it was before, in other words recreate your original lie.

Ball lands in a pile of leaves and is found.

Obviously to find your ball you must search for it in a pile of leaves. You may fairly search for your ball by taking reasonable actions. Sweeping the leaves with your putter or foot is considered reasonable actions. Remember that if you accidentally move your ball during search there is no penalty, and the ball must be replaced. If your lie is improved whilst fairly searching for your ball that is to your advantage. If you therefore sweep enough leaves away whilst searching you do not need to replace the leaves, even though the conditions affecting your next stroke were improved. Leaves are loose impediments.

Removing any further leaves after your ball was found that results in your ball moving will earn a penalty stroke and your ball must be replaced.

Not finding your ball is obviously a lost ball and stroke and distance penalty applies.

Note that a pile of leaves accumulated by the greenskeeper for removal, even

if not marked, may be regarded as GUR from where free relief may be obtained, even if your ball is not found but it is known or virtually certain that your ball is lost in the pile of leaves. In certain courses were there is an abundance of leaves during fall a temporary local rule may be introduced to allow free relief from abnormal course conditions.

Ball at rest against a bunker rake, which if moved could cause the ball to move.

Bunker rakes are defined as movable obstructions (rule 15) from which free relief may be obtained.

You can remove the rake and if the ball moves you must replace back on original position. It is always better to mark the ball before removing the rake, but you are not obliged to do so. Normally the case in bunkers is that the rake is on the downslope, making it difficult to replace ball on original spot. If your ball does not remain at rest in its original location after two attempts of placing the ball, you may then place the ball at the closest spot possible, not nearer the hole inside the bunker, where it will remain at rest. You are not allowed to press the ball into the sand for it not to roll away.

Ball is hit over a hill to the right, on the right is a penalty area but the ball is not found or seen to enter the penalty area.

You may want to say there is a penalty area over there so my ball must be in it. Unfortunately, the response to the statement is no. No. And maybe another no.

When deciding what’s happened to your ball, whether it’s in a penalty area, if it has moved, or what caused it to move, the standard you use in the Rules is “known or virtually certain”.

But what you think that means and what the Rules say can be two different things.

It means more than possible. It even means more than probable. You need to have “conclusive evidence” that the event in question happened. That means you need to have seen it, or witnesses saw it.

There can be a very small degree of doubt, but the definition of “known or virtually certain” says: “All reasonable information shows that it is at least 95% likely that the event in question happened.”

So, if you have hit a wayward tee shot towards some water or penalty area, you can’t find it and you haven’t seen a splash. Do you know it’s gone in the penalty area? Can you be virtually certain? It’s not enough to think, or assume it’s in there.

If you can’t meet the known or virtually certain standard, you can’t take penalty relief from the penalty area. If you can’t find the ball it can only be a lost ball.

If you have any questions about rules please drop us a note to and our Rules Guys, Rudie Basson and Jens Roestel will answer on our website.



Player Safety

To ensure everyone's safety, players are reminded to follow the protocols set by Jakarta's COVID-19 Response Team:

  • Wear a mask properly wherever you go

  • Wash your hands with soap and running water regularly

  • Maintain a safe distance of 1.5 to 2 meters

Lastly, we certainly enjoy when you come out to play with us, but if you are ill it is best to stay home and rest.


The new version of the MyGolf2U app is much easier to use and players like it better. Participation in entering scores is rising. Thank you to the players entering scores. This is very helpful to us.

For entering scores outside of D.O.G.S. the web portal found at is quite helpful. If you play a course that is not in the database please share your scorecard with us and we'll get it added.

Should you need assistance please contact Rod Williams and he will be happy to help.

President's Challenge

This weeks results:

Leon Bivolaru won the rematch against Axel Hertzke - 2up

Kevin Dobson over Michael Mueller – 5 and 4

Challengers are on the lower rung and should initiate the request to play. Check out the board to see who you are playing against and get your match scheduled.


Our charity barrel is out after each round at the table where scorecards are turned in. Donations are voluntar and not expected to every week. Drop in anytime you wish.

The beneficiary of our Modern tournament will be Yayasan YPAI – Indriya and are related to D.O.G.S via Rod and Dewi Williams. Below is a bit of information from Rod.

This is a charity which was set up back in 2002 and primarily looks at educating children with special needs such as Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and other mental and physical challenges. They operate a special school in Bogor which provides a number of special therapies for such children.

My wife, Dewi, and I first came to hear about this Yayasan through close friends who introduced us to one of the special projects set up and supported by the Yayasan. This particular project is called the Kouji Genki Project which is a small café situated on a small side street, Jalan Cibulan II, near to Senopati. This café serves coffee prepared by a special needs young man called Kouji. The café is small, simple, very clean and modern and serves good simple food. I would highly recommend it just to support young Kouji and the Yayasan. I have not been to the school in Bogor but I would plan to visit either there or the café again to present the D.O.G.S. donation.

We should all remember we live in a society that perhaps neglects children and young people with special needs and, as a father of 4 grown up children and 2 grandchildren, how blessed we are to have children without special needs.

Please support this important work.

Thank you Rod.

More information can be found on

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